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City Spotlight: Moving to Bunbury in Western Australia

City Spotlight: Moving to Bunbury in Western Australia

Bunbury is a port city in the southwest corner of Western Australia. It is the 3rd largest city in Western Australia and, like the other major cities of Perth and Mandurah are growing very quickly. Since it is surrounded by water on three sides, Bunbury is known as the City of Three Waters, offering waterfront living and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. It is located 175 km south of Perth’s central business district. The city itself has a population over 33,000, but including the surrounds that make up the Greater Bunbury area the population is estimated to be just over 67,000. The Greater Bunbury area includes the adjacent city centres of Australind, Leschenault, Eaton, Gelorup, Dalyellup, and Stratham. The suburbs of Bunbury include South Bunbury, Withers, Mangles, Glen Padden, Crosslands, Carey Park, Wollaston, Picton, Sandridge Park, East Bunbury, Rathmines, Glen Iris, College Grove, Kinkella, Mindalong Heights, Pelican Point, Usher, Grand Canals, Vittoria Heights, and Tuart Brook.

Bunbury - Panorama

Panorama of Bunbury from lookout tower. Photo Credit: By Bmorey at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, (Wikipedia)

Bunbury - Harbour

Bunbury Harbour Photo Credit: By Bmorey at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, (Wikipedia)

Bunbury - Harbour

Bunbury Harbour North Photo Credit: By Bmorey at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, (Wikipedia)

Bunbury - Lighthouse

Bunbury Lighthouse Photo Credit: By Natebailey at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, (Wikipedia)

Bunbury - library

Bunbury Library Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Living in Bunbury and Main Industries

Bunbury main street

Victoria Street in Bunbury Photo Credit: By Bram Souffreau –, CC BY-SA 2.0, (Wikipedia)

Bunbury - Wheat Silo - Residential Conversion

Bunbury Wheat Silos Converted to Residential Aprartments Photo Credit: By Bmorey at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, (Wikipedia)

Bunbury - Passenger Terminal

Bunbury Train Photo Credit: By Bahnfrend – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, (Wikipedia)

Bunbury is about an hour and ½ drive from Perth. Bunbury has its own train, railway system and a small airport. The main industries include mining, manufacturing, building and retail. It is easy for residents to work in the city or the surrounding suburbs and shires. In addition, the port serves as a large export and import resource for the region. Bunbury residents have access to great healthcare, education, retail shopping opportunities, and sports teams.

Bunbury Climate

bunbury - climate

Bunbury Climate Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Bunbury’s climate features warm summers and cool winter with a Mediterranean climate. The average low temps in winter range from 7°C to 9°C. Summer high temps range from 27°C to 30°C. Humidity is low and there is an average of 123 rainy days a year.

Things to Do in Bunbury

bunbury - nature

Bunbury Nature Photo Credit:

Bunbury - Dolphin Discovery Centre

Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre Photo Credit:

Since Bunbury is located right on the water, there are a host of things to do on the beaches and in the waters surrounding the city. Boating, fishing, surfing, and diving are very popular among the locals. There is a good measure of culture with art galleries and craft centres. Family fun is abundant too. Bunbury is close to wine country and national parks, so there are a wide variety of things to do with something for everyone. Here are 10 things to do in your freetime in Bunbury:

  1. Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre
  2. Bunbury Wildlife Park
  3. Bunbury Tenpin Bowl & Family Fun Centre
  4. Wine Country Tours
  5. Bunbury Golf Club
  6. Bunbury Centrepoint Shopping Centre
  7. Tuart Forest National Park
  8. Leeuwin National Park
  9. Ngilgi Caves
  10. Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

You can read about some local travel highlights from our sister site’s travel tips blog:

The Margaret River Region

Esperance and the Southern Coast of Western Australia

Climbing the Karri Trees in Warren National Park

Holiday Getaways in Perth and Surrounds

Camping and Tree Climbing in Warren National Park


Hiring a Moving Truck in Bunbury

Bunbury Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Bunbury Truck Rental Map Photo Credit:

When you are moving to Bunbury, you can hire a moving truck or van from the Budget Trucks location right in Bunbury. If you are coming from Perth, or elsewhere in Western Australia, there are other truck rental locations you can hire from. Plan ahead when you are moving and visit our website to book early. Make sure to take advantage of the moving truck rental specials we run on a regular basis.


Tips for Moving to Bunbury, Western Australia or any City in Australia

These are some general moving tips and advice if you are moving to any city in Australia. The important thing is to plan ahead, get organised, and don’t wait for the last minute when you are moving.

  • Make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date. Obtain a visa if you are going to need one.
  • Get an international free email address so that you will be able to keep in touch. Checkout Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.
  • Connect with a relocation agent to help you find a job and a place to live.
  • Start going through your clothing and other belongings to see what you can sell or giveaway before it’s time to pack.
  • If you are moving from another country, check the compatibility of your appliances. Australia uses voltage 220-240 volts.
  • Start to inventory the items you are taking and see if you have receipts for those items.
  • Start getting quotes for renting a moving truck or hiring a moving company and decide which one is best for you.
  • Ask about the cost marine insurance. This is based on the value of the things you are taking.
  • Take pictures of everything you are moving, especially the more expensive items to keep a record for insurance purposes.
  • Make a checklist and a calendar and stick to them.

Here are some other city spotlights we have covered for other cities in Australia:

City spotlights in Queensland: Brisbane, Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Mackay, and Rockhampton.

City spotlights in New South Wales: Sydney, Wollongong, Maitland, Newcastle, Tweed Heads,  and the Twin Cities of Albury, New South Wales  and Wodonga, Victoria

City spotlights in Victoria: Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, and the Twin Cities of Albury, New South Wales and Wodonga, Victoria

City Spotlight: Canberra, ACT

City Spotlight: Perth, Western Australia

City Spotlight: Adelaide, South Australia

City Spotlight: Darwin, Northern Territory

City Spotlight Alice Spring, Northern Territory

City Spotlight: Hobart, Tasmania, City Spotlight Launceston, Tasmania

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